Have you ever sat at your computer, talking to a friend about their office/workplace and be regaled with stories of how dumb, inefficient, scandalous or just downright unskilled their colleagues are? If you have friends, the answer is undoubtedly yes.
Now as humorous as it may be, if you’re desperately searching for that dream job, or any job for that matter, it’s disheartening to say the least, to be subjected to stories which are nothing more than painful reminders that you’re not gainfully employed. Worse still is the fact that you actually are experienced/knowledgeable in the area the aforementioned ‘louse’ is inept at, yet YOU are the one home scouring newspaper after newspaper or hitting up the ever popular Monster sites (be they .com, .ca, .co.uk or whatever)
Chances are, it’s a matter of timing. Many companies advertise within, not necessarily meaning that the post is limited to those already on the company payroll, but the company in question would rather have an “I know the PERFECT person for this job!” type situation so they have some idea of how that potential employee might turn out (company they keep) and in turn, have someone to blame other than Human Resources. Solution: keep checking with your friends/associates about opportunities within their organizations that may be available, although not advertised. You may be surprised at how easy it is once you start asking the right people the right questions.
On the converse side, “Why is it I go on ALL these interviews and I still don’t get it!” seems to be the common plight of many an unemployed person. I say, stop and think about the interview. One has to learn to balance being professional without being stiff, and being engaging without being overly ‘familiar’ with the interviewer. Also, your personality should match the position you’re applying for and the image of the organization itself. Let’s say for instance KPMG advertised a vacancy for an actuary, showing up dressed like a low-rent clerk and trying to be a comedian to dispel the tension in the room may not necessarily be the wisest approach. Likewise, a corner store may not want an uptight snob dealing with their clientele either. So always be cautious and conscious of how you are making yourself appear and get an idea of the personality the company or organization may be looking for.
When all is said and done, even if you have the perfect résumé or CV (depending on where you’re from), be the perfect interview and still not get the job. Don’t beat yourself up about things beyond your control, just keep trying and don’t let a simple obstacle stop you altogether. Keep looking, you just might find an opportunity that you weren’t expecting.